BHP's quest for a potash dance partner

BHP Billiton faces an uphill climb finding a companion for its Jansen project that will strengthen the project and satisfy the Canadian government.

When Russian potash giant Uralkali withdrew from a marketing venture a few months ago that controlled about 43 per cent of global potash exports, many analysts suggested the move and the volatility it was expected to spark would prompt BHP Billiton to shelve its plans to develop a massive potash project in Canada.

But that proved not to be the case. Within a month, BHP said it would continue to invest in its Jansen potash project, with $US2.6 billion over the next three years to be spent ahead of a final investment decision.



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